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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 471

In the days after Christmas 1862 fighting continued on many fronts.  In Arkansas, the Union Army of the Frontier, commanded by James Blount, attacked Confederate forces at Dripping Springs, Arkansas, and drove them through the town of Van Buren, capturing approximately forty wagons, four steamers, and miscellaneous supplies. 

In Mississippi, Sherman’s Fifteenth Corps, advancing through swamps and bayous, approached the Vicksburg bluffs near the Yazoo River despite increasing numbers of Confederate defenders.  In Kentucky, elements of John Hunt Morgan’s Confederates captured a Union garrison at Elizabethtown and destroyed a bridge at Muldraugh’s Hill near Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. In Tennessee, Rosecrans’ Union forces continued their slow advance at Murfreesboro. Both sides continued to push in the closing days of 1862.